Saturday, March 16, 2019

Homeschool Preschool: St. Patrick's Day Activities

St. Patrick's Day letter match activity

Tomorrow is St. Patty's Day and I had a few fun activities for Bailey this holiday.  First I dyed some rice green using a little white vinegar and some green food coloring.  Then I hid gold coins with upper case letters written on them in the rice.  One a rainbow printed paper, I wrote the lower case letters and had her find and match the upper case letters to the lower case ones.

St. Patty's Day counting activity

With plenty of coins left over I put numbers in cupcake liners and had her count out that number of coins to place in each cup.

St. Patty's Day window clings

Diy St. Patty's Day bracelet

Then I had a couple of gifts from family that included some window clings and a diy bracelet.

pot of gold at the end of the rainbow craft

Last, I had a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow craft for her using bingo doppers.

Hope all of you have a wonderful and safe St. Patrick's Day!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Homeschool Preschool: Letter J Activities

We started off our day with a couple of worksheets.

Jeremy Fisher

We read The Tale of Jeremy Fisher and then we also read...

Jack and the beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk.  I made her a kind of sensory bin to play with while I read the story to her.

Jack and Jill

Then we learned the nursery rhyme of Jack and Jill using a craft that sissy made last year.

Then she made a candlestick craft and learned the nursery rhyme, Jack be nimble.

Jack be nimble

The above picture is the best I could get of her jumping over the candlestick.

jungle sensory bin

And lastly, I set her up with a jungle themed sensory bin.  I used one of our fake house plants behind the tub to make it a bit more "jungly"...that's a word now....

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Homeschool Preschool: Insects

You may have noticed that I didn't post last week.  I decided to take a mini vacation from homeschooling.  But we are back at it now.

insect exploratory table

Our theme for this last week was insects.  I set up some exploratory materials along with her activities.

build a bug tray 
play-doh grasshopper

Her first activity was to build a bug using clay, straws, toothpicks and googly eyes.  Above is her adaptation of a grasshopper.

insect mouths

The next activity was a coloring worksheet depicting different insect mouths.

bugs in a jar activity

Then I drew some jars with different numbers inside and had her put that number of bug stickers on the jars.

bug sort

After that she watched a video on insect facts and  I had her sort by insects and non-insects.

bug world

For the last activity I gave her this board, which we usually use for our sight word games, and some bugs for her to create a bug world of her own.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Homeschool Preschool: Valentine's Day

Valentine's kids books

I hope that everyone had a good Valentine's Day.  The girls and I had a great time and ate lots of candy.  As for the activities, we started off with some really sweet books about love.

Valentine's worksheets

Then Bailey worked on a couple of worksheets with a heart theme.

hearts and playdoh

We made some pink play-doh hearts.

Valentine's day cards

I let Bailey use Clara's leftover cards from last year to make some Valentine's for family.

Valentine's day wreaths

Both of the girls got to make a Valentine's wreath that grandma gave them.

Valentine's day sensory bin

And last, I put together a sensory bin with pompoms, fake flower pedals and heart beads.

Before I finish this post, there is one more thing that I would like to share with you.  Last year was my oldest's first year in school and it was my first year making a Valentine's box for her.  This post here.  It was small and completely inadequate.  But this year, I was ready!  I am proud of this year's box.

Ok, so it's not perfect.  But it is three times the size of last year's.  And it was super simple to put together and Clara loved it.  So mom totally gets a gold star!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Homeschool Preschool: Hands

finger counting activity

We started the week off learning our right from our left watching videos to help us remember.  Then for our first activity, I filled two rubber gloves with flour and tied them off with rubber bands.  I gave Bailey a stack of cards and had her flip the cards and use the "hands" to make  the numbers.

keepsake hand craft

The next activity is for our keepsakes.  It is hard to read in this picture.  I plan to go over it with a marker later.  It reads: This is the hand you use to hold when I was just 5 years old.  

frozen hand

Then we filled another glove with colored water and froze it, because why not.  We placed it outside by the front porch to make the neighbors wonder. 

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Homeschool Preschool: Letter H

We started with a few worksheets. 

We read a couple of books together.

hot air balloon craft

Above is her hot air balloon craft she made using a cupcake liner.

hot vs cold water experiment 

We did a simple hot vs. cold experiment using two jars, one with hot water and one with cold water.  We dropped in some food coloring and watched the reactions.  The food coloring mixed quickly with the hot water and slowly with the cold water because molecules move faster when they are warmer.

hammering activity bin

Last, I set up an activity bin for hammering.  I included some hammers, tees, egg carton, clay, foam and paper.

I also wanted to show off another little photo shoot I did with the girls using sticker stars that we picked up at the Dollar Tree.

My beautiful girls!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Homeschool Preschool: Geography

Geography Exploratory Table

I put together an exploratory table for Bailey this last week.  Geography was our theme.  I included globes, maps, atlases, flags of the world flash cards, lots of pictures and objects from our continent boxes and a puzzle map.  We named all the continents and oceans.  Then we talked about different land forms and bodies of water.  We finished off with a few videos on Youtube.  We have started working on letter H activities and I will post those next Saturday.  See you then.